Researchers Discover Bookmark Illustrated by Van Gogh Tucked in a Novel After 135 Years

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The three drawings, laid out vertically on a single strip of paper, were found in a copy of Histoire d’un Paysan, an illustrated novel about the French Revolution told through the perspective of a peasant. Each pencil sketch depicts a single figure—each one thought to be a peasant inspired by the characters in the book. It dates back to autumn 1881, when the artist was in his late 20s and living in his parents’ village of Etten.

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